By Gail Harris
While Gail Harris was once assigned by means of the U.S. military to a strive against intelligence task in 1973, she grew to become the 1st African American lady to carry this type of place. Harris's memoir, A Woman's battle, follows her 28-year occupation as a naval intelligence officer, sharing her detailed event and point of view as she accomplished the complicated activity of offering intelligence aid to army operations whereas additionally struggling with the established order, place of work bullies, and politics.
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I firmly believed you need to learn from the past, incorporate what’s good, and avoid the bad to keep from making the same mistakes over and over. My research gave me a lot of good insight. For example, I learned that OPINTEL had its historical roots in World War II. An excellent new resource on the subject written by Christopher Ford and David Rosenberg called The Admiral’s Advantage came out in 2005. I wish it had been around back in the 1970s when I needed it. In their book, Ford and Rosenberg state, “Numerous historical accounts .
The flight crews went on actual training flights to reinforce their book learning, but since I was not allowed to go, they allowed me to spend extra time evenings and on weekends in the flight simulators. Though I flunked every weekly quiz, the instructors knew I was putting in long hours of study and provided the emotional support and encouragement I needed to persevere and ultimately pass the final written exam. After that, the flight crews started inviting me to go flying with them and even allowed me to work the radios.
Usually they’d react with laughter, and the gender crisis was over. WOMAN ON THE DECK Life as the first woman officer in this environment posed many other unique challenges. For instance, my squadron was located in a huge blimp hangar that now housed four squadrons but boasted of only one ladies’ room, which was of course located on the other side of the building from our offices. ” I’d take my chances and go in. Every once in a while I’d take the long hike over 20 CHAPTER 2 to the woman’s room and grab a nap on the couch, announcing as I returned to work how I just had to lie down and rest after that long, long walk.